Boards & Commissions

Planning Board

horizontal rule Bernards Township Planning Board

Mission Statement:

The Planning Board is responsible under state statute for preparing and adopting a Township Master Plan and for reviewing land use development within Bernards Township. The Planning Board is charged with reviewing subdivisions, site plans, planned development, conditional uses and certain variances. The Planning Board also reviews and recommends revisions to land use ordinances to the Township Committee.


The Planning Board is made up of nine members and two alternate members. In addition, the Planning Board retains its own staff and consultants annually at its reorganization meeting.

Name Membership Term Expires
Barbara KleinertClass IV Member12/31/2020
Carolyn GazianoClass I Member12/31/2018
Jeffrey PlazaClass IV Member - Chairman12/31/2020
Jim BaldassareClass IV Member 12/31/2017
John MalayClass III Member - TC Voting Member12/31/2017
Kippy PiediciClass IV Member - Vice Chair 12/31/2017
Leon HarrisClass II Member 12/31/2017
Michael ZaidelClass IV Member - Alternate #212/31/2018
Paula AxtClass IV Member 12/31/2018
Rich MoschelloClass IV Member 12/31/2020
Scott RossClass IV Member - Alternate #112/31/2017

Meeting Schedule:

PLEASE TAKE NOTE that the Planning Board of the Township of Bernards will meet to discuss or act upon public business at 7:30 p.m. on each of the dates set forth below at the Municipal Building, Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ:

  • 06/06/2017 7:30PM
  • 06/20/2017 7:30PM
  • 07/18/2017 7:30PM
  • 08/08/2017 7:30PM
  • 08/22/2017 7:30PM
  • 09/05/2017 7:30PM
  • 09/19/2017 7:30PM
  • 10/03/2017 7:30PM
  • 10/17/2017 7:30PM
  • 11/07/2017 7:30PM
  • 11/21/2017 7:30PM
  • 12/05/2017 7:30PM
  • 12/19/2017 7:30PM

Notice of revisions or additions to the above schedule will be posted and advertised as required by law.

Additional Facts About Your Board

  • Public Participation:  Residents are welcome to attend the public meetings of the Board and are invited to ask questions and provide comments and statements regarding applications that appear on the agenda.  To review copies of applications for development, please contact Planning Board Secretary at 908-204-3026, Monday thru Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM.
  • As of June 6, 2006, the Planning Board has adopted the following procedure. There will be no new cases heard after 10:00 p.m. and no new witnesses or testimony will be heard after 10:30 p.m.
  • Planning Board Staff:

    • Board Attorney, Jonathan Drill, Esq, Stickel, Koenig & Sullivan 973-239-8800
    • Board Planner, David Banisch, PP Banisch Associates, Inc. 908-782-0835
    • Board Engineer, Thomas J. Quinn, PE, EKA Associates 908-322-2030
    • Township Planner, David Schley 908-204-3004
    • Board Secretary, Cyndi Kiefer, 908-204-3026